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The Ultimate

Indoor Cultivation
and Usage Guide

● Introductions Are In Order – p. 3
● Chapter 1 – The Truth About Marijuana – p. 4
● Chapter 2 – Botanical Basics – p. 15
● Chapter 3 – The Growing Sanctuary – p. 19
● Chapter 4 – From Seed to Weed – p. 26
● Chapter 5 – The Fruits of Your Labor – p. 33
● A Fond Farewell – p. 42

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to encourage distribution for the benefit of humanity.
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Before the introduction, here is a little food-for-thought for any cannabis skeptics –
those who have heard the prohibitionist lies long enough to actually believe them…


Introductions Are In Order
Maybe you or a loved one is in need of medicine… maybe you enjoy sharing good grass with
friends on occasion… maybe you believe in freedom and don’t want draconian laws telling you
what plants you can or cannot grow… for whatever reason, you want to grow marijuana. So you
start looking for information about this and find yourself inundated with books, videos, blogs,
forums and more telling you everything under the sun about growing. The problem is that there
is just so much information, most of which is unnecessary, conflicting or questionable at best.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a very knowledgeable friend tell you exactly what you need to
know? Well you’re in luck! I have a few decades worth of cannabis experience and I’m going to
help you. Why? Because I appreciate the help others have given me, and I believe in passing it
on. But my motivation is also much broader... as a young person, I was influenced by hippy
culture in a very positive way. Today I have a great appreciation for the hippy rejection of
racism, materialism, corporate/ government greed, environmental destruction and war; as well
as the hippy promotion of peace, love and weed. These three things have the potential to
dramatically improve our world. My hope is that teaching others to grow and use weed will help
them to better utilize all three as catalysts for change to make the world a better place!

Now you may be thinking: That’s all well and good, but what is it that makes this old hippie’s
guide the “ultimate”? The answer is that it achieves five very specific goals for growing weed:

Grow as safely as possible – avoid persecution from unjust laws
Grow as easily as possible – avoid spending excessive time
Grow as cheaply as possible – avoid spending excessive money
Grow as high quality as possible – avoid disappointment
Grow as compassionately as possible – avoid negativity

There are certainly many other good ways to grow cannabis besides what I outline here. But
few achieve all the same goals. This guide is an excellent foundation of concise and reliable
information for the indoor non-commercial grower. It provides a broad cultural understanding,
and instructions on how to process and consume home-grown cannabis for medical and other
applications. I give straight talk on the issue of a cannabis habit and how to avoid it – something
rarely discussed by proponents. I even cover topics like cannabis etiquette and sex. Finally, I
address the subject of compassion with both growing and life in general, as there is a desperate
need for much more of that in our world. I’m not content with just helping you grow cannabis… I
believe you should also grow as a person.
To get started on our journey, the first thing any good cannabis grower needs is a knowledge
base that includes the historical background and future potential of this wonderful plant. This
transforms you from just a grower into an informed grower. Believe it or not, it will help you and
your plants tremendously with the psychic energy you bring into the growing process. So that is
where we begin…


Chapter 1 – The Truth About Marijuana
Marijuana is many things to many people. This should not be surprising since the relationship
between mankind and this herbaceous plant extends back to literally the dawn of civilization.
However, most people are surprised to learn that marijuana is not the ominous threat they’ve
been led to believe through drug war propaganda. Then why is it portrayed so negatively by the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and others? Good question! The time has come for an
understanding based on education – to rise above the ignorance. So let’s examine the historical
context behind marijuana prohibition and learn some facts about the plant known as
The name “marijuana” is a Mexican slang word. The actual
Spanish word for the plant is “canamo.” Prior to the mid1930’s, marijuana was known throughout the world as
“hemp” or “cannabis.” Cannabis is the plant’s botanical
name and has ancient origins in the Hebrew language.
Solid evidence of Hebrew cannabis usage was established
in 1936 by Mr. Sula Benet, an etymologist from the
Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw. The word
“cannabis” was generally thought to be of Scythian origin,
but Mr. Benet showed that it has a much earlier origin in
Semitic languages like Hebrew, and that it actually
appears several times throughout the Old Testament. Mr.
Benet explained that “in the original Hebrew text of the Old
Testament there are references to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of
religious celebration, and as an intoxicant.” As one of the ingredients for the anointing oil, it
would have been used to anoint Abraham, all the priests, and even Jesus. Mr. Benet
demonstrated that the word for cannabis is “kaneh-bosm,” also rendered in traditional Hebrew
as “kaneh” or “kannabus.” The root “kan” in this construction means “reed” or “hemp”, while
“bosm” means “aromatic.” This word appears five times in the Old Testament; in Exodus 30:2230, Song of Songs 4:8-14, Isaiah 43:23-24, Jeremiah 6:20 and Ezekiel 27:19. The word kanehbosm is sometimes mistranslated as calamus, a common marsh plant with little monetary value
that does not have the qualities or value ascribed to kaneh-bosm. In many Bible translations, it
is simply called “fragrant cane” or “sweet cane.”
Here are some more historical facts about hemp (with references), which are generally verifiable
in the Encyclopedia Britannica – which was printed on hemp paper for 150 years:

The oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp
industrialization likely extends back to ancient Egypt. Medical cannabis was described in
print in a Chinese book of medicine, “Herbal,” in the 2nd century B.C.

The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp; U.S. Government Archives.
Founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others grew hemp.
Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France and then to America; Washington
and Jefferson Diaries.

It was legal to pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800’s; LA
Times, Aug. 12, 1981. In fact, refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and


18th Centuries was against the law! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow
hemp from 1763 to 1769; G. M. Herdon, Hemp in Colonial Virginia.

The first crop grown in many states was hemp. HEMPstead, Long Island; HEMPstead
County, Arkansas; HEMPstead, Texas; HEMPhill, North Carolina; HEMPfield,
Pennsylvania, among others, were named after cannabis growing regions, or after family
names derived from growing hemp; State Archives

In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940’s all paper would come from
hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down since one acre of hemp equals
four and a half acres of trees; U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An article entitled 'The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown' stated
that if hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology, it would be the single largest
agricultural crop in the U.S. and the world; Feb, 1938, Mechanical Engineering

Paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. America used 58,000
tons of hemp seeds for paint products in 1935; Sherman Williams Paint Company
testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, which outlawed hemp in
the U.S.

Henry Ford built a car to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed of
plastic made with hemp. On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp
fields. The car, “grown from the soil,” had hempen plastic panels whose impact strength
was “10 times stronger than steel” and resisted denting though it was one-third lighter
than steel; Dec 1941, Popular Mechanics.

The following quote is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's film titled ‘Hemp for Victory.’
The U.S. government denied it and tried to hide its existence for years, since it encouraged
patriotic American farmers in 1942 to grow hemp for the war effort. Now “re-discovered”, it can
even be watched on YouTube:
“... (When) Grecian temples were new; hemp was already old in the service of mankind.
For thousands of years, this plant had been grown for cordage and cloth in China and
elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to about 1850, all the ships that sailed the
western seas were rigged with hempen rope and sails… Now with Philippine and East
Indian sources of hemp in the hands of the Japanese... American hemp must meet the
needs of our Army and Navy as well as of our industries… the Navy's rapidly dwindling
reserves. When that is gone, American hemp will go on duty again… hemp for countless
naval uses both on ship and shore. Just as in the days when Old Ironsides sailed the
seas victorious with her hempen shrouds and hempen sails. Hemp for victory!”
Hemp cultivation and production actually benefit the environment. USDA Bulletin #404
concluded that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp with at least 4 to 7 times less pollution.
From Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938:
“It has a short growing season… it can be grown in any state… The long roots penetrate


and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year's crop. The dense
shock of leaves, 8 to 12 feet above the ground, chokes out weeds... hemp, this new crop
can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.”
With so many positive historical examples of cannabis usage, what disrupted the course of
history and caused the interwoven relationship of Americans and the hemp plant to unravel?
One of America’s founding principles is the protection of
individual rights… probably the most basic of which is
the right to nature and to your own body. So why is a
plant that is used by millions of people a major target for
law enforcement? Conspiracy theories abound regarding
various groups who profited from cannabis prohibition in
1937, such as the Hearst-controlled paper industry that
did not want competition from hemp. While that is very
likely a factor, the real driving force behind cannabis
prohibition then and now is that anti-marijuana laws
provide a political tool to persecute millions of people
defined by race as well as cultural and political affiliation.
Cannabis was grown commercially in the U.S. since the 1700’s. However, recreational cannabis
usage was not a strong cultural factor until much later with the arrival of Africans and Hispanics.
Marijuana prohibition provided racial activists the perfect opportunity to persecute those
“undesirable” minorities. Furthermore, the repeal of alcohol prohibition threatened the
employment of thousands of prohibitionists and law enforcement personnel. Cannabis
prohibition provided these large and powerful groups with ongoing job security and helped fund
new prisons. But the concept of using marijuana laws against minorities was not original to U.S.
lawmakers. The same tactic had already proven effective in many other countries. Twentiethcentury cannabis prohibition first reared its ugly head in South Africa, where white minorities
ruled black majorities and sought more control by outlawing “dagga” in 1911. The British
outlawed “ganja” in Jamaica in 1913 to exert more influence over that colony. Canada's pot law
was enacted in 1923 from the efforts of Emily F. Murphy – a blatantly racist judge who wrote
anti-marijuana rants under the pseudonym “Janey Canuck.” Similar laws followed in Great
Britain and New Zealand. In each instance, these laws were not based on any medical or
scientific facts, but lawmaker’s prejudices against the racial groups that marijuana laws helped
persecute and control.
Marijuana prohibition in the U.S. began partly as an add-on to laws restricting opiates and
cocaine to prescription-only usage, especially in Southern and Western regions where blacks
and Mexican immigrants were using it. The LA Times claimed in 1914 that “sinister legends of
murder, suicide and disaster” surround the plant. The city of El Paso outlawed marijuana in
1915, two years after a Mexican thug, “allegedly crazed by habitual marijuana use,” killed a
police officer. By the time alcohol prohibition was repealed in 1933, thirty states had some form
of marijuana law. The campaign against marijuana intensified after the repeal of alcohol
prohibition. “I wish I could show you what a small marihuana cigarette can do to one of our
degenerate Spanish-speaking residents,” a Colorado newspaper editor wrote in 1936. “The fatal
marihuana cigarette must be recognized as a deadly drug, and American children must be
protected against it.”


In a country willing to outlaw alcohol, enacting anti-marijuana laws was an easy political move.
Both marijuana and alcohol prohibition were part puritanical fanaticism, part racist and part antiimmigrant. Bishop James Cannon of the Anti-Saloon League in 1928 denounced Italians, Poles
and Russian Jews as “the kind of dirty people that you find today on the sidewalks of New
York,” while in 1923, Imogen Oakley of the General Federation of Women's Clubs described the
Irish, Germans, and others as “insoluble lumps of unassimilated and unassimilable peoples…
'wet' by heredity and habit.” In the South, the motivation was anti-black. Georgia prohibitionist
A.J. McKelway wrote in 1907, “The disenfranchisement of Negroes is the heart of the movement
in Georgia and throughout the South for the Prohibition of the liquor traffic.” Alcohol had been
the most pervasive recreational drug in the Western world for millennia. This gave prohibitionists
plenty of ammo to demonize “whiskey-sodden Micks, wine-soaked Wops, beer-swilling Krauts
and liquor-selling Jews.” But at least those groups were not dark-skinned like the Mexicans and
African-Americans who were the primary users of cannabis at that time. Instead of calling it
hemp or cannabis, an obscure Mexican slang word: “marihuana”, was pushed into the American
consciousness along with racial denunciations in headline stories that shocked the nation. Films
like 'Marihuana: Assassin of Youth' (1935), 'Marihuana: The Devil's Weed' (1936) and 'Reefer
Madness' (1936), financed by a church group, promoted the message of “the new drug
menace… destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers.”
Reefer Madness is now viewed as an unintentional comedy
by modern audiences, and it even premiered as an offBroadway musical satire in 2001. However, people in the
1930’s were naive to the point of ignorance and did not often
challenge or question authority. The public masses were like
sheep, waiting to be led by the few in power. If the news was
in print or other media, most believed it had to be true…
especially the unfamiliar and frightening topic of marijuana.
Unfortunately, that still applies to many people today.
The charge against marijuana was led by Harry Anslinger,
head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and previously the
Federal Assistant Alcohol Prohibition Commissioner. “If the
hideous monster Frankenstein came face to face with the
monster marihuana, he would drop dead of fright,” he
thundered in 1937. His racial claim was that white girls would
be ruined once they'd experienced the lurid pleasures of
having a black man's marijuana joint in their mouths.
“Colored students at the University of Minnesota partying
with female (white) students smoking and getting their sympathy with stories of racial
persecution, result: pregnancy.”
In 1937, The Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law (the bill that outlawed cannabis) was brought
before the House Ways and Means Committee before enough information was available to
counter its deceitful claims. American Medical Association representative Dr. James Woodward
testified before the committee that the AMA had not denounced the law sooner because they
had just discovered that “marihuana” was actually cannabis – the medicine found in numerous
healing products of that century. Very few people realized that the “deadly menace” they had
been reading about on the front pages was actually cannabis. So when Congress passed the
Marihuana Tax Act, this tremendous natural resource was suddenly illegal. Congress only
agreed to prohibit cannabis because of a prejudiced lie. Anslinger convinced them that 50% of
all violent crimes in the U.S. were committed by Spaniards, Mexican-Americans, Latin-


Americans, Filipinos, African-Americans and Greeks… and these crimes could be traced
directly to marijuana. “I believe in some cases one cigarette might develop a homicidal mania,”
he testified in a hearing on the bill, also stating that “marijuana is the most violence-causing
drug in the history of mankind.” Later in the 1950’s, under the “McCarthyism” threat of
Communism, Anslinger claimed the exact opposite to incite fear – stating that marijuana will
pacify soldiers so much they will not want to fight. Neither position represents the truth. An
Associated Press report on June 22, 1971 illustrates how cannabis inhibits neither bravery nor
A Congressional Medal of Honor winner says he was “stoned” on cannabis the night he
fought off two waves of Vietcong soldiers and won America's highest military honor... It
was April 1, 1970, when Mr. [Peter] Lemon, an Army Specialist 4, used his rifle, machine
gun and hand grenades to smash a large attack on his position. He fought the enemy
single-handed and dragged a wounded comrade to the rear before collapsing from
exhaustion and three wounds. At a medical center, he refused treatment until more
seriously injured men had been cared for. The dispatch quoted the injured hero as
explaining: “It was the only time I ever went into combat stoned. You get really alert
when you're stoned...”
When the youth counterculture emerged in the 1960s, its embrace of drugs forced lawmakers to
deal with a sudden demographic change: marijuana was no longer confined to Hispanics and
blacks. The sons and daughters of the white middle class were also “toking-up” in significant
and increasing numbers. Many of the young “hippies” also embraced the Hindu religion and
customs. Cannabis has been used as part of religious celebrations in India for several
millenniums and still is today. But the Nixon-era escalation of the war on
drugs used marijuana as a legal pretext to attack the '60s
counterculture and ethnic groups. Richard Nixon's White House tapes
captured him in 1971 growling that “every one of the bastards that are
out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish.” The most successful propaganda
of President Nixon – who founded the DEA – and other fanatical
politicians, was lumping youthful cultural-political rebellion with black
militance and ghetto heroin addiction. Cannabis prohibition is a remnant
of that dark political era of our nation’s history and even today continues to be used to persecute
various groups of all races to further cultural and political agendas. As recently as July 2010, the
U.S. government used the “drug war” as a political excuse to station 46 warships and over
7,000 troops in Costa Rica – an incredible amount of firepower over some grass.
Today we struggle with pollution, toxins and chemicals causing countless health and
environmental problems. At the same time, our most valuable natural resource – hemp – is
illegal. Below are just a few of hemp’s numerous natural benefits. It is easy to see that many
large industries, from logging and petroleum to cotton and pharmaceuticals, profit from cannabis
Hemp produces 4.5 times more pulp per acre than trees and has a higher quality fiber than
wood. Hemp is low in lignin, which means that hemp can be pulped using fewer chemicals than
wood. Hemp paper does not turn yellow, is very durable and can be recycled more times.
Washington State University produced hemp fiberboard that was found to be twice as strong as


wood-based fiberboard. The hemp plant grows quickly to maturity in one short season, where
trees take several years.
Hempen plastics are biodegradable. They decompose without harming the environment.
Petroleum-based plastics, those most common today, ruin nature since they do not readily
decompose. The process to produce the vast array of natural hempen plastics will not damage
rivers with the toxic runoffs of petrochemical production. Hemp products are stronger, safer and
completely natural – benefiting the environment right now and in the future.
Extremely strong and durable, hemp clothing can be handed down for generations. Textile
products made from hemp are generally better, cheaper, more durable, and ecologically safer.
Cotton has a huge environmental impact, as it requires roughly half of the agricultural chemicals
used on all U.S. crops. Hemp on the other hand grows well without herbicides, fungicides, or
pesticides. Hemp bast fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent (4x more than cotton), more
mildew-resistant, and more insulative than cotton. This means that hemp fabrics keep you
warmer in winter and cooler in summer than cotton fabrics.
The hemp seed contains 35% protein, which is more than meat, dairy, fish or poultry. Hemp
seeds are longer lasting and more digestible than soybeans. Hemp seeds contain all ten
essential amino acids in the correct proportions required by humans, including gamma linoleic
acid (GLA), a rare nutrient found in mother's milk. They are also high in dietary fiber and
vitamins B, C and E. Hemp seed oil is one of the richest sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids
found in nature. Hemp seeds are a complete source of nutrition – a “super food.”
For over 4,000 years, cannabis has been one of the most widely used medicinal herbs. The
Atharvaveda, written around the 2nd millennium BC, says it “lowered fevers, fostered sleep,
relieved dysentery and cured sundry other ills… stimulated the appetite, prolonged life,
quickened the mind and improved judgment.” The American Pharmacopoeia prescribed
cannabis for more than 100 separate illnesses or diseases. No less than 80 state and national
health care organizations – including the American Public Health Association, American
Academy of Family Physicians, American Nurses Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
and The New England Journal of Medicine – support immediate, legal patient access to medical
cannabis. This support is based upon thousands of patient reports and scores of medical
The primary active ingredient of cannabis: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was isolated in
1965 by Israeli scientists. Research from 1966-1976 concluded that cannabis is the medicine of
choice for glaucoma, epilepsy, muscular spasms, tumor reduction, nausea control in cancer
chemotherapy, epilepsy, emphysema, depression, and anorexia nervosa. An excellent dilator of
the bronchi and bronchioles of the lungs, cannabis is an herbal alternative treatment for asthma
sufferers, including associated chest pains, shallowness of breath, headaches, etc. (Marijuana
Pulmonary Research, Tashkin, UCLA, 1969-1983). Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute
discovered in 2006 that THC in cannabis inhibits the primary marker of Alzheimer’s disease,
and will “treat both the symptoms and progression of the disease” and may even prevent the
onset of the disease. FDA-approved medications for Alzheimer’s such as Aricept and Cognex
are considerably less effective than cannabis at even twice their prescribed concentration. The
chemical beta-caryophyllene contained in cannabis is proven to treat pain, inflammation,


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